There is often a perception that to seek after God, or experience God involves looking for God externally – somewhere out beyond ourselves. We might pursue God by going to spiritual meetings, or in special places such as the countryside, or in the face of the poor, etc – well of course our God is in all those places, but often we forget He is even closer than that. He dwells inside each of us.
My tag line on the Insight Timer group I’m apart of sums this up for me perfectly “the treasure was deep inside all along”. It represents the deep revelation that I experienced some time ago that, when I first surrendered to Him, the Divine really did take up full residence inside. Those amazing scriptures I’d read: “…Christ in you, the hope of glory…” (Col 1:27), “…it is no longer I who live, but it is Christ who lives in me…” (Gal 2:20), “…[my] life is hidden with Christ in God…” (Col 3:3), became living words of reality. This realisation has been embedded in me through my daily meditation practice of Centering Prayer. I thoroughly recommend this as way of loosing your life and finding it in Christ. As Fr. Thomas Keating writes:
“We must gradually recover the conviction, not just the feeling, of the Divine Indwelling, the realization that God – Father, Son and Holy Spirit – is living in us. This is the heart of the spiritual journey, to which Centering Prayer is totally in service.” – Thomas Keating, “A Contemplative Vision for Our Times,” Intimacy with God